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February-05-2014

By Shauna Johnson
MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As state agencies face another round of budget cuts during the 2015 Fiscal Year, a resolution has been introduced in the Senate in defense of funding for higher education.

The proposed resolution, as written, recognizes that “any additional cuts to the funding for higher education institutions would be detrimental to the growth and the financial well-being of West Virginia.”

It continued, “Budgetary cuts to higher...

February-04-2014

By Phil Kabler
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In January, for the first time in the 2013-14 budget year, state tax collections came in ahead of estimates, state officials said Monday.

Collections of $391.71 million were $8.42 million ahead of projections for the month, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow said.

Most of that upturn was the result of timing, with $15 million of taxes due Dec. 31 being posted as January revenue, he said.

Total...

February-04-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Food costs have been eating the Department of Education’s lunch for years because almost all of the food purchased for schools comes from out of state.

The Commissioner of Agriculture wants to change that, and he thinks he can.

Walt Helmick told the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development that West Virginia grows $663 million in farm products, but consumes upwards of $7 billion. The biggest customer is the school system at...

February-03-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While access to preschool is one of the few, if not the only, aspect of West Virginia's education system that is ranked among the best in the nation, providing families access does not necessarily get kids into classrooms.

Enrolling children in pre-k is the next focus of a comprehensive program designed to overhaul and reform schools on Charleston's crime-ridden West Side.

The steering committee of the...

February-03-2014

By Lacie Pierson 
The Herald-Dispatch

WAYNE -- A bond measure that would fund the cost of building two new schools and making significant renovations at another school will be on the agenda for approval from the Wayne County Board of Education this week.

Before the proposed bond election can be put on the Tuesday, May 13, primary election ballot, it first must be approved by board members during their regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Wayne County Schools...

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